Experts surprised by Duhaime's approach

Experts surprised by Duhaime’s approach

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Several questions remain unanswered in the case of Conservative leader Éric Duhaime's unpaid municipal taxes. 

It is still difficult to understand why Mr. Duhaime rented a residential building which he owns by asking his tenant to pay the municipal taxes. The lawyers consulted by Le Journal are surprised by this agreement.

“I don't know if it's legal,” lawyer Alexandre B. Romano, who specializes in civil litigation, explained yesterday.

“I would not recommend, he added, a tenant or even a landlord to sign [a similar lease], because we don't know how the courts will interpret that; it's risky. »

Unprecedented

Me Romano and another lawyer specializing in housing law, whom we contacted yesterday, but who wished to remain anonymous, note that this type of agreement is very unusual and that they have never seen one in their careers. .

Our Bureau of Investigation revealed on Saturday that Mr. Duhaime was threatened with seizure for an account of unpaid municipal taxes of $14,000 on two residential buildings he owns in Quebec City. He owed $12,363 on one of the buildings, the one he rented, and $1,848 on the other, which he lived in himself.

Informed of the situation, Mr. Duhaime contacted his tenant, who hastened to pay the overdue account.

Deducted?

Other unanswered question: Did Mr. Duhaime deduct the municipal taxes of his rental property from his income, as landlords usually do?

If he did, he could be in an irregular tax situation, noted a real estate expert, who also requested anonymity.

One thing is certain, Mr. Duhaime could not ignore that his tax bills were unpaid. As is common practice, municipalities do not skimp on notices when delays accumulate.

Questioned once again on the subject yesterday, Mr. Duhaime said the following: “I will answer what I have answered for three days. The file is closed, nothing was illegal, agreements of a private nature will remain private. 

Experts surprised by Duhaime's approach